Lacks ideal upper body strength and isn’t a real velcro player, but can create initial creases inside off the ball. Is an impressive athlete when asked to pivot out of his stance, pull and reach defenders on the move. Showcases good range, gets up to speed quickly and has the body control to consistently chop down his targets in space.
Displays above-average athletic ability in the pass game. Has the flexibility to keep his base down, slide his feet in space and extend his arms into contact. However, doesn’t generate much power on his punch, lacks ideal base strength and struggles to stick to blocks through the play. Relies on his lateral agility to mirror inside, but he can be overwhelmed by more physical linemen one-on-on.
Impression: I love his range, body control and violence when asked to pull and cut down defenders in space. Lacks ideal size and looks limited to a zone-blocking scheme at the next level, but has a good chance of making an NFL roster and could eventually fight for some paying time down the line if he continues to add strength."
Linnenkohl played only two games as a redshirt freshman behind incumbent Kyle DeVan, but stepped in admirably in 2008 to start all 13 games. He received honorable mention All-Pac-10 notice for his junior season play, and second-team all-conference accolades in 2010, starting every game during those two seasons.
Scouts appreciate Linnenkohl's intelligence (three-time Academic All-Pac-10) and toughness in the pivot, though his average athleticism and below-average length limit his upside as a dominant NFL center. A team in need of a developmental lineman might see enough potential in his game to use a late-round pick for his services.
Positives: Sturdy pivot man whose low center of gravity aids him in leverage. Does not get moved off the spot by bull rushers very often. Extends arms immediately after snap in pass pro, maintains distance from defender. Strong help for guards when uncovered, extends arms to get push when tackle's shoulders are turned. Has some mobility to get in front of screens. Coaches laud him for his strong character, toughness, leadership, and work ethic. Plays through pain.
Negatives: Limited athlete. Average strength, cannot move defensive tackles with his upper body. Backs up in pass protection instead of attacking defenders. Not big enough to shoulder tackles in zone scheme. Lacks length to keep defenders from getting off (or even preventing) his blocks to catch ballcarriers coming through the hole. Inconsistent hitting linebackers on combo or targets in space, too often resorts to a shove while losing his balance or poor cut block. Lacks recovery speed, finds it difficult to find defender once punched off. Sometimes misses delayed blitzers up the middle."
Positive: Hardworking blocker with a good head for the position. Plays with good lean, keeps his feet moving and active with his hands throughout the action. Quick out to the second level and gets good fits on linebackers, sealing them from the action. Stays square, blocks with leverage, and a solid position blocker. Effective with shotgun snaps. Shows the ability to adjust and pick up blitzes.
Negative: Lacks a dominant base and gets pushed back off the line. Needs help in one-on-one blocking situations.
Analysis: Linnenkohl has been productive and durable on the college level but lacks the size and strength to be a starter in the NFL. He has enough skill to be a backup in a zone blocking system."
Negatives: Not a particularly good finisher, needs to stay on blocks longer... Needs to get stronger at POA... Can be pushed back into the pocket... Light hands... Doesn't generate much power."
Weaknesses: Waist bender at times. Average athlete and average strength. Not a lot of range with lateral mobility in pass pro.
Projection: UDFA who'll compete for a roster spot or a spot on a team's practice squad."
After redshirting in 2006 and playing in just two games as a freshman in 2007, Linnenkohl moved into a starting role and never gave it up. For his efforts he earned Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention accolades in 2008 and 2009 and never missed a start during those two seasons. Linnenkohl moved up in the conference's pecking order during his senior season and was named to the All-Conference Second-Team.
The poor 2010 season for the Beavers has diminished Linnenkohl's draft status. However, Linnenkohl can separate himself from some other centers during some of the pre-draft workouts. He has solid instincts and is strong and athletic enough to be a solid player at the next level. Right now there is not much buzz about Linnenkohl, but he has some time to change that and emerge as a mid-round selection by April."
Alex LinnenKohl commands excellent Launch Speed and has a great Crouch, which let him get the initial tactical advantage in a lot of Battles. However, he has very little Power to Drive the Run Game, nor Strength to Anchor the Pass Game. He does bring exceptional Lateral Agility and Flanking Speed to the table, which make him very effective in space, and he's got the Heart of a LION.
He's a Late Round Roster Fringe Dude, but if he develops more Power + Strength, he could stick for a long time.
Late Round Project.
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